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Stanford women top NCSAA poll; Press honored

Moss earns NorPac Player of the Week award for field hockey

The Stanford women's soccer team earned a No. 1 ranking from the NCSAA (coaches) Top 25 poll and senior forward Christen Press earned another Pac-10 honor.

Press, who had three goals and an assist in a weekend sweep of Hawaii (9-0) and No. 3 Portland (2-1), earned her second consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week award on Tuesday.

Press leads the nation with 13 goals and 30 points as the Cardinal (8-0-2) look ahead to its final nonconference match against visiting 13th-ranked Santa Clara (7-2-2) Sunday at 1 p.m.

In other rankings news, the men's cross country team held on to its No. 1 position following its victory at the Stanford Invitational.

Women's field hockey

No. 16 Stanford travels to UC Davis for a NorPac contest on Saturday after a successful trip to the East Coast that produced a one-goal loss to top-ranked North Carolina and a 4-2 victory over No. 8 Wake Forest.

Alessandra Moss was named NorPac West Division Defensive Player of the Week for her performance against North Carolina in which she recorded a season-best eight saves and was a big reason Stanford was able to hold the Tar Heels below their season scoring average of 4.25 goals per game.

It was the second NorPac Player of the Week honor this year for Moss, who also was recognized two weeks ago.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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